Eula M. Shorey

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Eula M. Shorey
BRIDGTON -- Eula M. Shorey, widow of Henry A. Shorey III and former managing editor of The Bridgton News, died on Nov. 15, 2011. She had been a journalist for over 75 years.
Born on Sept. 10, 1914, she was the daughter of William and Louise Cooksey Enochs of Sullivan, Ind. She met Lieutenant Henry A. Shorey III in New York and they married May 5, 1945, after his return from the European Theatre of World War II. She moved to Bridgton in 1952 with her husband and children, Stephen and Mary Elizabeth when Henry took over The Bridgton News after the death of his father, H. A. Shorey Jr.
Her newspaper career started at Sullivan High School where she was editor of the school paper, The Purple and Gold, and ad editor of the yearbook. At Depauw University, she reported sorority and fraternity news for The Depauw newspaper. Her first journalism job was at the Sullivan Daily Times in her hometown. She went on to write for newspapers and corporate publications in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New York.
While Henry served as Postmaster in Bridgton, Eula worked as managing editor of the paper for over 30 years. After she retired, she still contributed to the paper and served as vice president and secretary of the Bridgton News Corporation.
She served as president of the Maine Press Association, 1964-65, was Maine Journalist of the Year in 1981, and with Henry was elected to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
She edited The Bridgton History, 1768-1968, which in 1968 was cited by the New England Association of State and Local History as the best history that year.
She was a board member of the New England Press. She served on the Cumberland CETA board, and as a board member on various other civic associations throughout Maine.
She was active in the Bridgton community, serving as founding member, president and trustee of the Bridgton Historical Society, trustee of the Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital and president of the Hospital Guild, trustee of the Bridgton Public Library, president of the Bridgton Literary Club, founding member of the Bridgton Arts and Crafts Society, which has a building and outlet for work members do at home; charter member of Lakes Environmental Association, member of the former Business and Professional Women's Club. She was Outstanding Citizen
Eula M. Shorey
of the Year in 1975 for her work for the Bridgton Bicentennial and in getting the bandstand and Scout Cabin for the town. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Bridgton and a member of the Friendship Class.
She collected photographs of Maine weathervanes as a hobby and this past June was guest of honor at the opening of the weathervane exhibit at the Rufus Porter Museum where her research was on display.
She was honored in 2007 by Rotary International and received the Family and Community Service Award from the Bridgton- Lake Region Rotary Club.
She was an honorary trustee of LEA and trustee emerita of the Bridgton Historical Society at the time of her death.
On April 7, of this year, she was one of 15 women from Maine honored by MaineToday Media Inc. with the Great Women of Maine award.
She was predeceased by her husband; three sisters, Cecile Hall of Terre Haute, Ind., Lois Burton of Sullivan, Ind., and Mary Jo Simons of Washington, D.C., and one brother, Maurice W. Enochs of Sullivan, Ind. She is survived by her son, Stephen E. Shorey of Bridgton and wife Mary Patricia, a daughter, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Shorey of Bridgton and Assonet, Mass.; two granddaughters, Carolyn Dupee and husband Jon of Mechanic Falls, and Patricia Shorey of Arlington, Va.; great- grandson Matthew, also of Mechanic Falls; and two nieces and two nephews.
A remarkable woman, ever- optimistic, Eula was a creative, generous, and passionate person, who loved her family, The Bridgton News, and her town.
Visiting hours will be at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm St., Bridgton on Friday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. At her request, there will be no funeral service. A private family burial will be held. Interment will be beside her husband in South High Street Cemetery, Bridgton. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Those wishing to honor her
memory may contribute to:
The Bridgton Historical Society (Shorey Fund)
P.O. Box 44
Bridgton, Maine 04009
The First Congregational Church
P.O. Box 243
Bridgton, Maine 04009
or the Bridgton High School
Scholarship Foundation
P.O. Box 269
Bridgton, Maine 04009

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 18, 2011
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